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Netherlands on verge of finals

Published: Saturday 25 October 2008, 21.45CET
Spain 0-2 Netherlands
Goals from Karin Stevens and Kristen van de Ven helped the Netherlands to take a giant step towards reaching their first finals.
Netherlands on verge of finals
Netherlands coach Vera Pauw ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 25 October 2008, 21.45CET

Netherlands on verge of finals

Spain 0-2 Netherlands
Goals from Karin Stevens and Kristen van de Ven helped the Netherlands to take a giant step towards reaching their first finals.

Goals from Karin Stevens and Kristen van de Ven helped the Netherlands to take a giant step towards qualifying for UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ as the visitors enjoyed a play-off first-leg victory in Spain.

In command
The Netherlands have never reached the finals before and looked outsiders for this tie. Despite Spain having the best of the first half, Stevens struck just after the break and Van de Ven's goal leaves Vera Pauw's side in command ahead of Thursday's return in Volendam.

Bright start
After just 12 minutes Van de Ven forced a fine save from Ainhoa Tirapu in the Spanish goal as the visitors declared their intent. Spain responded through Silvia Meseguer's shot from distance in the 12th minute while Adriana Martin had an effort cleared away for a corner moments later. Spain were gathering momentum and almost took the lead before the break when Erika Vázquez collected Ana Romero's pass from the left before hitting a dipping shot that bounced out off the crossbar.

Hard blow
The visitors went ahead not long after the restart when Stevens, given time and space to unleash her shot, finished off a good move that had started out on the right wing. The goal stunned Ignacio Quereda's charges who subsequently allowed their opponents to take control. The locals managed to briefly lift themselves, however, Erika's tireless efforts to breach the Dutch back-line were met with solid defending. Then, with the game heading into its final six minutes and with Spain defending high up the pitch, Van de Ven rushed through on goal and kept her head to finish coolly.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.22CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
TirapuAinhoa Tirapu (GK)
1
GeurtsLoes Geurts (GK)
2
Silvia MeseguerSilvia Meseguer
Substitution65
2
BitoDyanne Bito
3
BurgosBurgos
Substitution83
3
MeulenManoe Meulen
4
NicolauMelisa Nicolau
7
Kiesel-GriffioenAnnemieke Kiesel-Griffioen
6
DiéguezMiriam Diéguez
4
HogewoningPetra Hogewoning
7
MartínAdriana Martín
5
KosterDaphne Koster (C)
8
TorrejónMarta Torrejón
6
SpitseSherida Spitse
Substitution77
9
Verónica BoqueteVerónica Boquete
10
StevensKarin Stevens
Goal49
Substitution90
10
VanesaVanesa (C)
11
SmitSylvia Smit
17
RomeroAna Romero
Substitution55
12
HoogendijkAnouk Hoogendijk
18
Erika VázquezErika Vázquez
20
Van de VenKirsten Van de Ven
Goal84

Substitutes

13
PonsMaría José Pons (GK)
16
ChristAngela Christ (GK)
5
RuthRuth García
9
LegemateKarin Legemate
11
VilanovaSandra Vilanova
Substitution55
15
Van den HeiligenbergClaudia van den Heiligenberg
Substitution90
12
AlexandraAlexandra
18
TornyJanna Torny
14
SoniaSonia Bermudez
Substitution65
19
De VriesLianne de Vries
15
María PazMaría Paz
Substitution83
21
De RidderChantal de Ridder
16
PérezMaría José Pérez
14
OudejansTessa Oudejans
Substitution77

Coach

Ignacio Quereda (ESP) Vera Pauw (NED)

Referee

Gyöngyi Gaál (HUN)

Assistant referees

Judit Kulcsár (HUN), Brigitta Makkosne Petz (HUN)

Fourth official

Maria Luisa Villa (ESP)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution